Men's Lacrosse Senior Night Brings Hofstra To Town Saturday
April 17, 2014
Last Meeting: Massachusetts 9, #20 Hofstra 8; April 20, 2013
The UMass man-down defense kept Hofstra to just one goal in seven extra-man opportunities spanning 6:30 of game action. Zach Oliveri finished with 13 saves against eight goals for a .619 save percentage on the contest while Joe Calvello won 13-of-19 faceoffs and tied for the game high with five groundballs scooped up.
With 22 seconds remaining in the game and the scored tied at 8-8, the Minutemen caused a Hofstra turnover on a delay of game and cleared the play into the offensive zone. Following a timeout, Manny earned possession behind the cage and sent the play to Fleming in front, with Fleming firing a high attempt by goalie Chris Selva to push UMass ahead, 9-8 with time winding down in regulation.
The Minutemen looked to be headed toward their fourth consecutive loss at halftime as they trailed Hofstra, 6-3, but UMass rallied with three goals in the third and back-to-back tallies from Felming and Mooney to open scoring in the fourth and put the squad ahead, 8-7. Mooney scored with eight minutes, 47 seconds left in the game to give UMass the lead before defense from both sides took over to keep play scoreless for nearly seven minutes.
Brian von Bargen broke through for Hofstra on a pass from Lance Yapor to knot the contest at 8-8 with 1:52 remaining in regulation and necessitate Fleming's late charge.
Scouting Hofstra Men's Lacrosse
Sam Llinares leads the squad and is tied with Penn State's Shane Sturgis for the top points total in the CAA with 41 earned on 16 goals and 25 assists. Four additional Hofstra players have accrued more than 20 points through 12 games played in 2014. Torin Varn is second on the team with 27 through 24 goals and a trio of assists. Drew Coholan adds 26 points to the attack (19 goals, seven assists) while Mike Malave and Korey Hendrickson own 21 apiece. As a unit, the offense has outscored Hofstra opponents, 117-104 on more shots, 420-364, including a greater number of on-target attempts, 242-212.
Chris Selva is in his second season as a starter in net and the junior from Parkland, Fla., holds an 8.55 goals against average and .510 save percentage through 722 minutes, 44 seconds of game action. The defense, led by Corey Caputo, Stephen Satterthwaite and Finn Sullivan has limited the opposition to 8.67 goals per game on 30.3 shots while forcing more turnovers, 67-59. The battle for groundballs has been nearly even over as foes hold a 337-334 advantage over Hofstra in the category, a difference of only 0.25 per game.
The Pride has won 52.5 percent of faceoffs due to the success of Kris Clarke, who has taken 258-of-261 and won 137 of them (53.1 percent). Clarke leads the team with 59 groundballs while long-pole midfielder Ryan Rielly follows with 40 to go with a team-best 18 caused turnovers.
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Two Decades Under The Influence
Cannella has guided the Minutemen to many of the most successful seasons in program history since being named the head coach on Nov. 9, 1994. The Lynbrook, N.Y., native took the 2006 squad to the NCAA Championship Game and led UMass to the most single-season victories in program history (15) as well as the No. 1 national ranking during the 2012 season, which culminated in the most recent of the team's eight trips to the NCAA Tournament under Cannella.
Prior to taking over the reigns, Cannella served as an assistant coach in 1993 and 1994 while he played for the Maroon and White for two seasons in 1986 and 1987, giving him 24 total years donning the University of Massachusetts colors.
Clearly Doing A Good Job
James Fahey Racks Up The Good Type Of Turnover
His 1.64 caused turnovers per game rank as the most in the CAA and the 23rd-highest total accrued on average among all NCAA Division I men's lacrosse student-athletes.
Hats Off To You
Rolling With The Same Crew
The only other NCAA Division I men's lacrosse program to roll out the same 11 starters in each of its games through Sunday, April 13, is Bryant.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
The squad has won at least four home games in 11 of the last 14 seasons, including a program-record 10 victories in 2003 and another nine wins in Amherst, Mass., during 2012.
Whiteway Joins The Seven Goals In A Game Group
The last Minuteman to have as many in one game was Will Manny when he netted seven at Army on Feb. 10, 2012 - marking a span of 34 games between the individual performances.
A trio of former men's lacrosse players are tied for the program record of eight goals. Larry Treadwell scored eight against Trinity on May 12, 1959, Tom Malone had as many versus New Hampshire on May 6, 1969 and Robert Codignatto scored eight times against Army on April 21, 1990.